Sharjah Media Corporation chooses Pebble Beach

UAE-based Sharjah Media Corporation has chosen Pebble Beach Systems to provide playout and disaster recovery at its Sharqiya from Kalba TV installation. Sharqiya from Kalba TV, the first station to broadcast from the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman, in the eastern part of the Emirate of Sharjah, will use a Pebble Beach […]

Euronews launches on Etisalat

News channel Euronews has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat to join its platform. The deal means that Euronews will be available to the subscribers of Etisalat in the UAE, covering 450,000 households. Following this agreement, Euronews is now connected to 18 million households in the Middle East. Arnaud Verlhac, Euronews deputy director of worldwide distribution said: […]

Ginx TV strikes four distribution deals

Video games channels and shows producer Ginx TV has struck four new EMEA distribution agreements, adding 1.4 million homes to its network. The Ginx TV channel has been added to the line-ups of T-Hrvatski Telekom’s MAXtv in Croatia, KPN’s TV service in the Netherlands and Romtelecom in Romania. Separately, Middle East pay TV provider OSN […]

Vision247 opens new office in Dubai

UK media services provider Vision247 has opened a new office in Dubai and appointed Tanya Vidmar as managing director, UAE. Vision247, which already works with major regional broadcasters including Al Arabia, MBC, GEM TV and Iqraa, will now expand its activities with support for local telecom operators, offering combined subscription and pay-per-view services, IPTV and […]

Fuel TV launches on OSN

Action sports channel Fuel TV has launched on Middle East pay TV provider OSN. The channel, which focuses on action sports and lifestyle, was acquired in EMEA from Fox by Portugal-based Fluid Youth Culture last year. Fuel TV will become a 24/7 HD channel only available on the Eutelsat Eurobird 9 satellite from February. “We […]

GlobeCast to provide monitoring for YahLive

Media services provider GlobeCast is to provide Abu Dhabi-based satellite TV platform operator YahLive with a monitoring and reporting service for the latter’s satellite signals across the MENA region. Local monitoring and reporting initiatives will be done by GlobeCast at Jordan Media City (JMC), in Amman, Jordan. YahLive has created an HD bouquet of more […]

OSN boosts channel line-up

Middle East pay TV network OSN is adding five new channels to its line-up, including premium HD Arabic channels OSN Ya Hala Shabab HD and OSN Ya Hala Arabella HD. They will be joined by English language channels Discovery World, Fuel TV and Fine Living, with all five channels launching on January 1. OSN is […]

Thuraya names chairman

Middle East-based satellite operator Thuraya Telecommunications has named Etisalat CEO Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar as its new chairman, and has also elected Etisalat group chief strategy and M&A officer Daniel Ritz to its board. Julfar also serves on the board of Mobily in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he is the chairman of the risk […]

Middle East focus: Egyptian channels lead rebound in pan-Arab ad market

The advertising market in the Middle East and North Africa has performed strongly this year, with Egypt, which saw a deep drop in advertising expenditure in 2011 in the wake of the revolution, seeing a recovery. Egypt has also been the source of a number of new channels with pan-regional appeal. The Middle East TV […]

Middle East focus: MBC expecting growth boost from dedicated Egyptian channel

Leading Middle East broadcaster MBC expects growth next year to be boosted by the launch of its new dedicated channel for Egypt, MBC Masr, according to Mazen Hayek, official spokesman and group director for PR and commercial. The region’s leading commercial broadcast group, MBC, has experienced modest growth year-on-year and has exceeded its initial budgets, […]